The Brothers McMullen
The Brothers McMullen (1995)

Shot on weekends over an eight-month period with practically no budget, writer/director/producer/actor Edward Burns' first feature is a family drama centering on the tumultuous love lives of three small-town, Irish-American brothers.… More

Directed By:
Rated: R
Running Time:
Release Date: August 9, 1995
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

It's easy to see what attracted Redford to Burns' first film. Burns' dialogue is natural and witty. Burns films with the gritty immediacy of a documentary, slipping a boom mic above backyard conversations over beers.

Full review…
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

A good Movie of the Week. Engaging, a bit soapy, but with real circumstance & intelligent/plausable chat. However, tidies up too neatly in the end.

Full review…
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Not just horrid by itself, this opened the floodgates for all those self-absorbed indie "relationship" comedies of the latter 1990s.

Emanuel Levy

It's the sprightly profane dialogue, the dirty talk of the brothers about love and religion, that gives this otherwise old-fashioned comedy (imitative of Woody Allen) a modern feel and winsome drive, keeping it from getting stale.

Full review…
Clint Morris

One of the best films of the 90's

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Draws three siblings into close contact as they struggle with the rigors of intimacy, sexuality, commitment and loyalty in love.

Full review…
Scott Weinberg

Burns' first (and still best) effort.

Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

Very relatable for Irish Catholics like me.

More reviews for The Brothers McMullen

Flixster Audience Score: 60% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
Alright, but overrated.
Lanning : )
A great writing debut for Burns. Nice dialogue. The banana scene is definitley memorable, bookbat. I wonder if the older folks get, the more sobering this… More
Leo L
Great movie!